Why inflation will likely stay sky-high regardless of which party wins the midterms

The U.S. government can’t do much about rising food prices, which are primarily caused by supply chain problems. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh Soaring inflation is the top issue for a lot of voters heading into the midterms, with most saying Republicans would do a better job of handling the problem. Indeed, Republican candidates are taking… Continue reading Why inflation will likely stay sky-high regardless of which party wins the midterms

Access to sports betting in the US has exploded since 2018 – and we’re just starting to learn about the effects

Since 2018, more than 30 states in the U.S. have legalized sports betting. Seth Love/iStock via Getty Images. For most of U.S. history, sports betting was rare. Some people certainly bet on sports illegally via a bookie, or placed bets in the few places where it was legal, such as Nevada. However, gambling policy took… Continue reading Access to sports betting in the US has exploded since 2018 – and we’re just starting to learn about the effects

Who sees what you flush? Wastewater surveillance for public health is on the rise, but a new survey reveals many US adults are still unaware

Whether a wastewater sample is taken at the street level or a treatment plant affects the size of the group of people it represents. University of Louisville, CC BY-ND Flush and forget? Not if you have a toilet that flushes to one of over 3,000 sites around the world where researchers are using wastewater to… Continue reading Who sees what you flush? Wastewater surveillance for public health is on the rise, but a new survey reveals many US adults are still unaware

A blood test that screens for multiple cancers at once promises to boost early detection

A number of multicancer early detection tests are currently in development. EK Image/Science Photo Library via Getty Images Detecting cancer early before it spreads throughout the body can be lifesaving. This is why doctors recommend regular screening for several common cancer types, using a variety of methods. Colonoscopies, for example, screen for colon cancer, while… Continue reading A blood test that screens for multiple cancers at once promises to boost early detection

Poll reveals white Americans see an increase in discrimination against other white people and less against other racial groups

Polling suggests that white and Black Americans are coming from different positions on discrimination. DigitalVision Vector/Getty Images Despite largely holding the political, economic and social levers of power, nearly a third of white Americans say they have seen “a lot more” discrimination against white people in the past five years – and more than half… Continue reading Poll reveals white Americans see an increase in discrimination against other white people and less against other racial groups

Cigarette smoke can reprogram cells in your airways, causing COPD to hang on after smoking ends

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Pascal Kiszon via Getty Images Smoking is the most common cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, an often fatal respiratory condition that afflicts millions of Americans. But for many patients living with COPD, stopping smoking isn’t the end of the… Continue reading Cigarette smoke can reprogram cells in your airways, causing COPD to hang on after smoking ends

Giant ‘toothed’ birds flew over Antarctica 40 million to 50 million years ago

Picture Antarctica today and what comes to mind? Large ice floes bobbing in the Southern Ocean? Maybe a remote outpost populated with scientists from around the world? Or perhaps colonies of penguins puttering amid vast open tracts of snow? Fossils from Seymour Island, just off the Antarctic Peninsula, are painting a very different picture of… Continue reading Giant ‘toothed’ birds flew over Antarctica 40 million to 50 million years ago

People’s bodies now run cooler than ‘normal’ – even in the Bolivian Amazon

Tsimane children look out over the Maniqui River, in the Bolivian Amazon. Michael Gurven, CC BY-ND Feeling under the weather? Chances are you or your doctor will grab a thermometer, take your temperature and hope for the familiar 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius) everyone recognizes as “normal.” But what is normal and why does… Continue reading People’s bodies now run cooler than ‘normal’ – even in the Bolivian Amazon

Elon Musk takes Twitter private – here’s what that means for the company and its chances of success

Elon Musk has said he intends to complete his purchase of Twitter after earlier trying to wriggle out of the deal. Patrick Pleul/Pool via AP Elon Musk has finally completed his US billion deal to acquire Twitter and take it private. The world’s richest man has already begun putting his imprint on the social network… Continue reading Elon Musk takes Twitter private – here’s what that means for the company and its chances of success